M-One Grand Muay Thai once again brought U.S. Muay Thai fans yet another historic event featuring some of the U.S.A’s top fighters as well as some of Thailand’s best. The Yard’s Joe “Stich’Up” Schilling continues to leave top talent bruised, bloodied, and battered as he runs roughshod through the world of Muay Thai en route to a position at the top. Romie Adanza knocks Langsuanglek Sasiprapa into another astral plane with an uppercut taken straight from a video game, while Kevin Ross once again continues to show he can hang with top talent despite losing via cut against Lumpinee champion Sakkedao Petchpayathai. The U.S. defeats Thailand 2-1 as the sport of Muay Thai begins to take over. And once again Muay Thai is Life’s west coast director and intrepid photographer was ringside the capture all the action!
Remind me never to process photos when Im half asleep. I apologize for the misplaced and annoying placement of the Muay Thai is Life watermark on all the horizontal pictures. With that said, below are photos of Muay Thai is Life’s coverage of the weigh in for tomorrow’s “Battle at the Bally’s” event being organized by Take On Productions at the Bally’s Resort & Casino in Atlantic City. Once again, make sure you guys tune into the live Pay-Per-View stream of the event as Muay Thai is Life’s Eric Rivera will be providing the live ringside fight commentary with The Wat’s Phoenix Carnavele. The event will be headlined by an exciting matchup between Justin Grekiewicz and rising star Eddie Martinez. Also on the card are the much anticipated pro debuts of NYC’s Jay Matias and Boston’s Jake Mainini as well as a bout for the first ever Take On Championship Title belt between Canada’s Jessie Cronier and The Wat’s Nick Vaughan.
M-One Grand Muay Thai, MTAA, and Jeff Dojillo Photography bring you the final installment of their fantastic “Into the Fight” series, brought to you once again by Muay Thai is Life. In this episode the series highlights none other than rising American Muay Thai superstar Joe “Stich’em Up” Schilling. As Joe himself explains in this video, he can be somewhat of a polarizing character. For some he may seem a little uncouth or disrespectful, yet for others he’s just the straight-talking, no BS, and quintessential tough guy that says what he feels and backs it up in the ring. As Joe prepares to face Kaoklai this upcoming weekend (Friday, Oct. 21st) at M-One Grand Muay Thai’s “USA vs Thailand” event, many may want to see the aggressive and exciting American fighter lose, while others will want to see him continue to rise up the ranks. Whatever your stance is in regards to Schilling, he definitely puts in work and always looks to win in devastating fashion. He puts people in seats and attracts viewers anytime an interview with him is posted on the web.
As the sport of Muay Thai continues it’s growth in the U.S., Schilling is exactly the type of fighter the sport needs to attract mainstream fans. He can play the role of both “hero” or “heel” very well but he also attracts fans because his style of fighting is non-stop, explosive, and entertaining. He is, in essence, a promoters dream.
Joe faces his toughest test to date as he squares off with Thailand’s “Giant Killer”, Kaoklai Kaennorasing this weekend, but as someone who follows this sport consistently, I have to say that if any of you are counting Joe out in this fight, you are sadly mistaken. Joe has the skills, the power, and the determination to put a world of hurt on the wiry Kaoklai. This is definitely a fight to watch no matter whether you are a Joe Schilling fan or not. And well as Joe says in the video below, whether you love him or hate him, he wants you to watch him fight anyway!
Muay Thai is Life’s West Coast director and photographer extraordinaire, Galen Okazaki recently caught up with Romie Adanza as he trained for his upcoming bout against Langsuanglek Sasiprapa as part of M-One‘s upcoming “USA vs Thailand” event on October 21st in Los Angeles. The exciting pint-sized wrecking machine trains out of Team Oyama in Irvine, California and will be facing probably one of his stiffest tests in his career. Take a look at he shots below.
Oh and just for clarification…in the second shot in the gallery below, Romie was messing around, he was NOT having a seizure.
M-One Grand Muay Thai has really been making moves! After helping promote one of the most anticipated match ups in U.S. Muay Thai history with the Kevin Ross vs Saenchai fight, M-One continues to put U.S. Muay Thai on the map with their announcement of the next M-One Grand Muay Thai show featuring Joe Schilling vs Kaoklai, Kevin Ross vs Sakkedao Petchpayathai, Romie Adanza vs Luangsanlek Sasiprapa, and Rungravee Sasiprapa vs Yetkin Ozul. The show, which will take place at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles on October 21st is yet another incredible Muay Thai card in what has been an explosive year for U.S. Muay Thai.
And if the aforementioned fights weren’t explosive enough, M-One just announced the addition of a new pro match-up between Daniel Kim of Fairtex (Mounatina View) and Nate Chambers of Las Vegas. Daniel Kim last fought against Carlos Ramirez in August, winning his fight with a big KO from a left hook in Rd. 3.
M-One also recently began releasing a series of interview/promo videos of the fighters participating in the upcoming M-One Octber 21st card. The videos, produced by award winning photographer Jeff Dojillo, will give insight into the fighters training regimen as well as their thoughts up until the fight. Below is the first video in the series titled “Into The Fight”, this episode featuring top U.S. Muay Thai fighter Romie Adanza. Stay locked here on Muay Thai is Life as we will be releasing all episodes of “Into the Fight” as they become available. You can also catch them on our Facebook page
In this installment of our new series titled Muay Talk: Interviews with Muay Thai’s Champions, we speak with Philadelphia’s Justin Greskiewicz. The exciting fighter out of Cool Hearts Muay Thai, also known as “The Purple People Eater” because of his penchant for sporting purple dyed hair during his fights, discusses his upcoming and anticipated rubber match with NYC’s Turan Hasanov at Friday Night Fights on Friday, September 23rd in NYC. Justin also talks about his upcoming fight at Take On Productions’ “Battle at the Bally’s” on October 22nd in NYC, where he will take on Sheldon Gaines who is coming off an impressive KO victory at this past weekend’s (September 18th) IFS 9: Clash of Kings event.